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New RNLI lifeguard teams for Lowestoft and Southwold

PUBLISHED: 15:11 21 June 2013

Opening of new RNLI lifeguard look-out station in Lowestoft.
Lifeguards Sophie Warner and Jessica Mills.

Opening of new RNLI lifeguard look-out station in Lowestoft. Lifeguards Sophie Warner and Jessica Mills.

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A new team of life-savers will be keeping Waveney's beaches safe this summer.

Under a new partnership, officially launched this week, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be providing lifeguard services in the district throughout the main holiday season.

It will see extra lifeguards patrolling Lowestoft’s and Southwold’s beaches, improved emergency aid equipment, and better youth education and employment opportunities – all at no extra cost to Waveney.

The lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10am to 6pm from now until September 8. As well as carrying out regular safety patrols, they will offer beach safety advice and first aid support.

Stephen Ardley, Waveney’s deputy leader and cabinet member for commercial partnerships, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed a contract with the RNLI and we’re hugely impressed with the level of service the beaches of Waveney will receive.”

Darren Lewis, RNLI senior lifeguard manager, said: “The RNLI is delighted to be providing daily patrols on beaches in Waveney for the first time this summer. Building on the expertise we have developed through 12 years of providing beach patrols, our new lifeguards have been training hard in preparation for the season.

“They will work closely with our colleagues at Southwold and Lowestoft lifeboat stations to provide a seamless rescue service from the beach to the open sea.”

The team has already been called in to action in Southwold where a large number of swimmers were rescued after getting in to difficulties during the pier to pub swim. The lifeguards rescued 27 swimmers.

With summer approaching, the risk of accidents at sea increases as more and more families head to the beach and people visiting the coast are being urged by the RNLI to follow standard safety precautions and advice.

For more information on the beach safety and how to support the RNLI, visit www.rnli.org/beach For more details on lifeguard job opportunities contact daniel_tyler@rnli.org.uk

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